Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana
What did the Cabinet led by Honï¿½ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approve?
The Cabinet led by Honï¿½ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved a new integrated food security scheme for providing free foodgrains to Antodaya Ann Yojna (AAY) & Primary Household (PHH) beneficiaries.
What is the name of the new scheme?
The new scheme is called Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY).
When did the implementation of the new scheme start?
The implementation of the new scheme started from 1st January 2023.
How many people will benefit from the new scheme?
More than 80 crore poor and poorest of poor people will benefit from the new scheme.
What is the goal of the new scheme?
The goal of the new scheme is to strengthen the provisions of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in terms of accessibility, affordability and availability of foodgrains for the poor.
What other schemes will be subsumed by PMGKAY?
PMGKAY will subsume the two subsidy schemes of Department of Food & Public Distribution (a) Food Subsidy to FCI (b) Food Subsidy for decentralized procurement states dealing with procurement, allocation and delivery of free foodgrains to the states under NFSA.
What steps have been taken for the smooth implementation of the new scheme?
Necessary steps have been taken for smooth implementation of the PMGKAY in the field, such as issuing necessary notifications for making the price of foodgrains zero for AAY and PHH beneficiaries, resolving technical issues at Fair Price Shops (FPS), providing advisory related to margin to the Fair Price Shop Dealers, and zero prices in the print receipts given to beneficiaries.
How are officers of the Department of Food & Public Distribution and FCI interacting with State Government officers?
Officers of the Department of Food & Public Distribution and FCI are regularly interacting with State Government officers for smooth roll out of new scheme in the field.
How much will the Central Government spend in 2023 as food subsidy under NFSA and other welfare schemes?
The Central Government will spend more than Rs 2 lakh crore in 2023 as food subsidy under NFSA and other welfare schemes.
What is the main aim of the Central Government spending this money?
The main aim of the Central Government spending this money is to remove the financial burden of the poor and the poorest of the poor.
Written by IAS POINT